I absolutely love linking up on a Thursday for Non-Scale Victories. It’s my very favorite thing to post because although the scale might not be very nice to you, something else can be going right. It is impossible to get everything right all the time, and this space allows me to celebrate those moments or accomplishments, big or small, that are often overshadowed by all of the negative things that we see or do.
For example, if you read about my weigh-in from yesterday, I talked about how I switched scales and wasn’t sure if the 2.6 pounds it said I had gained was accurate. Update on that story – I got a new battery for my scale and checked the differences between the two. As it turns out, my scale weighs me a pound heavier than the other scale. So I actually gained 3.6 POUNDS IN A FREAKING WEEK. Disappointment in myself is the understatement of the century. I didn’t even know it was possible to gain that much weight in a week, but apparently, it is.
Talking with my mom though, she really made me believe that the scale isn’t a fully accurate portrayal of our behaviors. I drink quite a bit of water (admittedly, not as much as I probably should), and my sodium intake isn’t even on my radar right now. Both of those things could seriously contribute to that number. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses. I’ve eaten like crap more often than not during the past two weeks, and I definitely haven’t been consistent with my exercising. I’ve been participating in this link-up off and on for quite awhile now, and I think I’m just now really starting to understand the meaning behind it and how I can incorporate it into my life. The scale does not define me. If I make the best choices that I can most of the time, the scale will eventually reflect those positive behaviors. I supposed that could be considered a non-scale victory in itself, but I do have another – an update on my 10k training!
Last time I talked about my training, I had completed the first two days of the Couch to 10k training. As of now, I’ve finished through Week 5!
I know that’s a little overwhelming, but I definitely need the proof that I’ve completed the day. If you’re looking closely (or can read it – oops), you might notice that there are a couple of days that are missing. That would be because I’m crazy.
As you can see from my calendar, there are a couple of times that I went for a few days without training, which put me behind a little bit. The first half of the program is the same as Couch to 5k, which I’ve done before, so I didn’t think it would be a problem to skip ahead a little bit. I could handle it, right? Well, the day that I settled on just happens to be the end of Week 5…where they randomly throw a 20-minute-straight run at you. The week before you run for no more than 5 minutes at a time, and the week after is no more than 8 minutes. I normally don’t like to challenge myself like that, but my mom really inspired me. She’s running the race with me, and her thought was, “20 minutes? No problem if we do that together.” Well, she was right…about one part anyway. I did actually run the entire 20 minutes, without stopping once, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a walk in the park. That came after.
My knees hurt…my legs hurt…I didn’t have my music…it was hot… all excuses that I was telling myself the entire time I was running. How did I keep going? Honestly, I’m really not sure, but I hope I can keep that strength going through the rest of my training.
Then this happened. I wasn’t lying – my knees really did hurt. Frozen produce for the win. No worries, they feel much better now. I do think new running shoes are on the horizon though. We’ll see how they do when I start Week 6 later today.
What are your non-scale victories?